McLaren eyes place as bogey team

Forfar Farmington defender Jade McLaren hopes the side can build on last season’s experience and become a dangerous outfit.

With the likes of Rangers, Hibernian and Spartans in the league, McLaren believes the Angus club can make themselves a potential banana skin for the top sides in the upcoming Scottish Women’s Premier League season.

The 16-year-old admitted the departure of club legend Alana Bruce is a tough one to take but she expressed her delight at the return from injury of Gemma Collier.

Jade said: “I’m really looking forward to the coming season for the new challenges and just to see how much as a team we have improved over the last year. I think this will be another difficult season because the majority of the team are still young and are still developing as footballers, as am I, but I do think we will give some of the bigger teams a run for their money this season.

“It will also be good having the youths coming through and making their debuts this season to show the young talent Forfar has in their arsenal.

“The departure of Alana, she is one I will be lost without especially on a game day as she was one of the players who was always beside me on the pitch and if I was to do something wrong, she was there to fix it.

“When I first started playing for the Premier League side she was the one who looked after me, both on the pitch and in the changing room beforehand, but I do wish her the best of luck at Aberdeen, they are lucky to have gained a great player like Alana.

“At the same time though Gemma Collier has returned which I am very excited about for this season as she was another one who welcomed me in when I joined the senior squad.”

Jade hopes to impress the coaches in the Scotland U17 set-up after she was unlucky to miss out on a call-up during the season just gone.

The teenager wasn’t too disheartened though and knows what she has to do to make that next step up.

She said: “I am looking forward to hopefully making it into Scotland training camps this year but I saw last year as more of a learning year. I took things that needed to be improved from the camp and have worked on it ever since.

“I feel as though I have improved since August and will be looking to try and impress the likes of Pauline Hamill and Pauline Macdonald throughout the coming year.”

The Farmington ladies have been back to pre-season training for a few weeks now with their first friendly taking place this coming Sunday against Aberdeen, and Jade is eager to get back playing weekly football.

She continued: “Pre season has been brilliant so far and it’s good to be back with the team after the break. I’m really enjoying the training and the gym as well as the morning sessions with regionals, as I’m not one who likes the December break due to the lack of training.

“I’m really looking forward to this Sunday against Aberdeen as it will be good to get back into playing weekly. I am especially looking forward to playing them as I believe last season we gave them a good game but were unlucky to lose and I feel that was our best performance as a team.”

The Premier League side found out who they will play in the first game of the 2015 season on Monday, with a trip to Edinburgh to play Scottish Cup finalists Spartans on March 15.

A fortnight later Aberdeen will be the visitors to Station Park for the first home game of the season.

April sees the squad make the trip north to play Inverness City before hosting Celtic.